What Everyone Should Know About Treatment Anxiety

Why You Need To Know About Medical Phobia

Do you fear hospitals, doctors, and/or medical procedures? Here’s what one of our Thrive with Autism/Aspergers community members said one day: “Hi guys. I have to get surgery Tuesday for my foot (running injury) and I’m anxious. Any tips? I hate blood draws and IVs. Mostly I just don’t know how surgery really works, like […]

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Overcoming Anxiety and Depression On The Autism Spectrum

An Interview with Dr. Lee Wilkinson, PhD

I recently wrote about the importance of suicide prevention for autistics and Aspergians. In addition to being at risk for suicidal thinking, many autistics and Aspergians deal with anxiety and depression. That’s why I recently interviewed Dr. Lee Wilkinson, author of Overcoming Anxiety and Depression On The Autism Spectrum: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT. Dr. Wilkinson […]

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Autism, Employment, and Small Talk

I am completely unable to navigate small talk.  I am great at introductions, public speaking, etc.  I just can’t seem to have a conversation that works.  Worse, I am often totally misunderstood.  Walter, Self Employed, Watchmaker (excerpted from Aspergers on the Job, by Rudy Simone). Have you ever seen ants on a wooded path?  They […]

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8 Things You Need To Know About Suicide Prevention

And Thoughts From People Like You

Gus Hardy, an autistic author, shared his story about another autistic friend from high school: I talked a year ago with an old friend from high school who shares my disorder but not my belief. My friend had attempted suicide, reasoning that “I’m not contributing anything to the world, and since we’re all screwing up […]

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Discovering The Autism Spectrum At Age 30

Reflections On An Autism Diagnosis

Thank you to Amber, a member of the Thrive Community, for volunteering to share her story about her recent autism diagnosis. I’ve been diagnosed and labeled with all sorts of things in my life, spanning the full gamut of medical and mental health issues, and while most transitions in my life seemed to bring about […]

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